Bastard​ ​Design​ ​Practices: An​ ​Archaeological​ ​Perspective

James Dyer

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Design is a bastard practice, it is fundamentally detached from its own inherited ethos so as to appear progressive, virtuous and fashionable. Such abstinence from knowledge and past experience models a practice that advocates competition over communion – a renunciation of experience and sanction of illusory solutionism. The design discipline would benefit greatly from the principle ideologies of archeology, a practice which uncovers the past to inform the present and shape the future. It is proposed here that a practice of Design Archeology be installed into fundamental design practices to create responsibility in the agency of design. Are we all archaeologists? not quite yet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-254
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Contemporary Archaeology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2015


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